Friday, December 17, 2010

ESQ & Chikaramanga "In The Place"


This is Chikaramanga from Giant Panda / ESQ & Chikaramanga.
Recently, I have been DJing a lot.
I usually spin a mix of Soul, Funk, and Hip Hop.
When I spin, I often play the tracks I produced.
This one particular song is my recent favorite to throw in the mix.
ESQ & CHIKARAMANGA "IN THE PLACE" by TRES RECORDS
It is good song for the transition between Funk and Hip Hop and Soul and Hip Hop. This track is available on CD, vinyl, and digital download.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Johnson & Jonson Sweat Shirt - Limited

In 2008, TRES released the self title album "Johnson&Jonson," by Blu and Mainframe. Besides the grimy flow, and raw loops, one of the other most memorable aspects of the album was the Red Baby a.k.a Johnny. The baby was conceived by artist, Shawn Barber, who also had other works which were featured on the 12" singles for J&J. When doing shows, J&J would actually bring along Johnny with them on stage and flaunt him, almost as if it were the third member of the group. This continued on until the Red Baby was stolen at one of their shows in San Francisco. Soon after, flyers online could be seen asking "Have you seen the Red Baby? report "Johnny to 1-800-johnson." Johnny is still missing till this day......

In memory of Johnny, and the J&J album, we did a limited worldwide release Red Baby T-Shirts, as well as 50 Red Baby Crewneck Sweaters.

We have now three sweatshirts left, Gray(Small), Black(Medium) , and Black(Large). We just put them up on eBay store for sale.





Monday, November 22, 2010

New PUTS Video!!



People Under The Stairs "Beer" video.

Co$$ is on Vibe.com "Off The Rador"


Sucio Smash wrote about Co$$ on his column, "Off The Rador" on Vibe.com. Co$$'s unreleased track, "Rock On" is posted there for you to check out.
This track was meant to be on Co$$'s debut album, "Before I Awoke," but did not make it.

http://www.vibe.com/content/radar-co-rock-pg-5

Co$$'s debut album, "Before I Awoke" is slated to be released in March/April 2011.

Co$$ & Fonetik Simbol "Khakis and Taylors" 12inch In Stores Now

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Our good friend, DJ Rhettmatic's new project!!

DJ Rhettmatic (of Beat Junkies) and Buff1's group, Crown Royale is releasing a debut album through Fat Beats Records on 12/7. Here is the message from Rhettmatic about the project;

Peace Everyone,

Buff1 & myself are still gearing up for our self titled debut album "Crown Royale" dropping December 7th on A-Side Worldwide/Fat Beats.

We just re-released our 1st single "We Gotcha" last week....and now we like to debut our 1st official music video:

We shot the video this past May at Fat Beats LA (R.I.P.) & Venice Beach on some Gorilla Style steeze before the Police shut us down. If you can look closely, you can see some cameos from Magestik Legend & Dannu (of the Visionaries). We were supposed to release this video early this year but due to our situation with our original label closing shop, we decided to wait til we got our situation right. And for us, this is a long time coming.....

Buff & myself are very proud of how the music video came out and we couldn't have done it without the help of these talented guys: Jeremy Deputat who directed & shot the video and James R. Petix who did the editing, as well as Josh Remsberg, Jackson Perry, & Jeff Klein at A-Side Worldwide, Jonathan Kim of Synergy Works, Karim Panini & of Quality Control.

Be sure to be on the look out for the Crown Royale x 2dopeboyz Free Ep releasing real soon with 3 songs not featured on the album and 1 remix by the talented 14KT of the Lab Techs/AML.

Once again, on behalf of Buff1 & myself, we thank you for your time & your eyes/ears......

Rhettmatic
Beat Junkies
Crown Royale
Cypress Junkies
Visionaries

Friday, November 12, 2010

Late Bloomers Debut EP!!


We are going to release Los Angeles based Hip Hop trio, Late Bloomers' debut EP (Vinyl & Digital) on January 18th. The EP is entirely produced by Late Bloomers and mastered by Daddy Kev (Low End Theory / Alpha Pup).

Here is a track off of "Three Shades Brown" for your to check out.

Never Don't Grow by TRES RECORDS

ReallyNathan (of Late Bloomers) on the making of "Never Don't Grow" (taken from Beatnikonline):

"So for about 2 years or so, Ahhzel and I had been working on beats on our own, until the time we made this one. We didn’t really say much when making it, and we didn’t really know where to start after such a long hiatus of not working with each other. But when we were in the process of putting everything together we both kind of felt that this is what we were waiting for, it was a feeling that was as natural as can be.

While we were vibing out to the beat, I decided to try to find some a cappellas to just mess around and scratch over while it was playing. I ended up picking out Erykah Badu's “Cleva.” and started messing with the part “And it might not grow”. Ahh:Zel ended up diggin it, and so did I, so we put that in as well.

"Never Don't Grow" was really the first time we all sang on the track, we don’t have access to a choir or crazy good singers, so we do it all ourselves. Up till this song, we haven’t really experimented with us singing on the track, unless it was us messing around for a skit. It’s always a fun and spontaneous process for us. If we think of something, we just record it. If it sounds good, we’ll keep it, if it doesn’t we’ll go back to the drawing board."


Also, here is a promo footage of the EP.

A Late Bloomers' Day To Day... from tresrecords on Vimeo.

Chikaramanga "T.R.E.S.Q. feat ESQ" 7 inch



T.R.E.S.Q. feat. ESQ by TRES RECORDS

“T.R.E.S.Q.” is the fourth title from Chikaramanga’s 7" series. On all the tracks for these series, Chikaramanga is behind the beats and TRES RECORDS affiliate MCs are on the raps. This time around, ESQ is featured on the track.

The collaboration between ESQ and Chikaramanga developed through several face to face sessions with one another. Having met through TRES label mate Paten Locke, the two instantly connected and with each move they made, success was quick to follow. As these steps progressed, ESQ & Chikaramanga’s debut album,"The Succession" (TRES September 2010) was born, which sums up their creative process and the idea that "boom-bap" music is alive and well.

“T.R.E.S.Q.” was the first track ESQ and Chikaramanga ever made together and was included as a bonus track on Tres’s six year anniversary mix CD, “TRES PRESENTS : SEIS mixed by DJ Lowkey” (TRES June 2010). This track contains a melodic synth loop and heavy drums, laced with the quick/buttery flow of ESQ, giving the track an overall feeling of the 90’s hip hop we all grew up to and love. This track starts with 8 bar open drums, which is perfect for DJs to juggle with.

Big Tone "Flesh and Sole EP" FREE DOWNLOAD!!


Big Tone's Free Download EP, "Flesh and Sole" came out today!!
Here is the link for free download.

Check out "No Chaser" off of the EP.

No Chaser by TRES RECORDS

Here is the info about Big Tone;

As an artist, Big Tone is an emcee. He's a lyricist who paints crystal clear and graphic depictions of life from a perspective that is universal to urban environments around the world. From the stage to the studio, he's been considered a part of the upper echelon in Detroit's legendary hip-hop world. His early recordings earned the respect of a wide audience and fellow artists, some of which would become Tone's biggest mentors and friends in music. It would be these well received efforts that would earn Tone an opportunity to feature on J Dilla's acclaimed Welcome 2 Detroit LP, which would cement Big Tone as apart of the upper echelon of artists or the rise. 2005 marked a breakout year for Big Tone as a producer. Behind the boards, Tone produced his first full length international release on ABB Records entitled, "The Drought". Trademarked by the gritty chopped drum breaks and mangled soul samples, The Drought displays Tone's gift to create instrumental backdrops as visual as the rhymes over them. The opportunity to travel, perform, produce, and collaborate with artists on a worldwide level helped to broaden Tone's perspective as well as his vision. A decision to relocate to New York played a role in this development. Bonds made in the Big Apple, as well as strong ties in California with labels such as ABB and Tres Records have given Tone coast-to-coast recognition.

Big Tone's 2nd album, "The Art Of Ink" In Stores Now (TRES RECORDS 2009)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Big Tone, "Flesh and Sole EP", coming soon!


Big Tone will be releasing a free download EP, "Flesh and Sole" on November 12th. Here is the link to the one of the tracks off of the EP for you to check out.

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=36SYCGD0

Here is the info about Big Tone;

As an artist, Big Tone is an emcee. He's a lyricist who paints crystal clear and graphic depictions of life from a perspective that is universal to urban environments around the world. From the stage to the studio, he's been considered a part of the upper echelon in Detroit's legendary hip-hop world. His early recordings earned the respect of a wide audience and fellow artists, some of which would become Tone's biggest mentors and friends in music. It would be these well received efforts that would earn Tone an opportunity to feature on J Dilla's acclaimed Welcome 2 Detroit LP, which would cement Big Tone as apart of the upper echelon of artists or the rise. 2005 marked a breakout year for Big Tone as a producer. Behind the boards, Tone produced his first full length international release on ABB Records entitled, "The Drought". Trademarked by the gritty chopped drum breaks and mangled soul samples, The Drought displays Tone's gift to create instrumental backdrops as visual as the rhymes over them. The opportunity to travel, perform, produce, and collaborate with artists on a worldwide level helped to broaden Tone's perspective as well as his vision. A decision to relocate to New York played a role in this development. Bonds made in the Big Apple, as well as strong ties in California with labels such as ABB and Tres Records have given Tone coast-to-coast recognition.

Big Tone's 2nd album, "The Art Of Ink" In Stores Now (TRES RECORDS 2009)

Monday, November 1, 2010

TRES NIGHT! Tuesday, 11/2!!


Shawn Jackson will come through this time.
All beat makers! Bring your beat CD to give him!
He is always looking for dope beats.


TRES

(Hip Hop/Soul/Funk//Disco/Jazz)

Every 1st Tuesday

9:00pm – 2:00am

NO COVER

21+

@ Broadway Bar (Down Town LA)

830 S. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Resident DJ’s

- Chikaramanga (Giant Panda / TRES)

- Really Nathan (Late Bloomers/ TRES)

- Kiwamu Omae

- Yotah

$4 Stella Artois & Cocktails

http://www.broadwaybar.la

http://www.tresrecords.com

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Shawn Jackson "Hollywood Shuffle Side B" FREE download



Shawn Jackson's 2nd album, "Brand New Old Me" came out on July 27th. To follow up the album, we are releasing Shawn Jackson's free download mixtape, "Hollywood Shuffle Side B".

Download "Hollywood Shuffle Side B"

As well as "Side A," "Side B" was put together by DJ Lowkey. It contains remixes and unreleased tracks. Throughout the mix, you'll also hear the cuts and juggles of DJ Lowkey, who is known for his trick mixing abilities and his seamless flow from song to song. There is a heavy list of LA based producers on the track-list, that will guarantee to have your head bobbing, such as Exile, Dibia$e, Mainframe (of Johnson & Jonson) and DJ House Shoes.

Here is the track list.

1. Another Beautiful Day (Prod. by Jordan Rocks.Well)
2. Killinem (Prod. by M Stacks)
3. Spiritual w. 6th Sense & DonWill (Prod. by Spiritual)
4. Feelin' Jack II (Prod. by Jordan Rocks.Well)
5. Mass Appeal '09 w Convinced, Tunji, & El Prez (Prod. by J Keys)
6. Hollywood Swingin (Prod. by Dibia$e)
7. The Outbrayk (Prod. by Exile)
8. How You Do It w. Ty&Kory (Prod. by Jack Sample)
9. Fadeawaaay (Prod. by J Zen)
10. Jungle (Prod. by Mainframe)
11. Cali Girls (Prod. by Cook Classics)
12. Soopafly II (Prod. by Koen)

If you haven't donwloaded "Side A" yet, here is the download link.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Shawn Jackson Shows in LA


Shawn Jackson will be performing in Long Beach on November 5th and in LA on 6th.
There will be some SPECIAL guests at those shows.

Friday, November 5th
@ Blue Cafe
217 Pine Ave
Long Beach
$10
8pm -2pm
21+

Saturday, November 6th
@ Boombox
Grand Star Jazz Club
943 N Broadway
Los Angeles
$5 Before 11pm with RSVP / $10 otherwise
RSVP@GOING .COM/BOOMBOX50
8:30pm - 2am
21+

Shawn Jackson will be performing the materials from his 1st album, "First Of All..." and 2nd album, "Brand New Old Me".

"REVELATIONS" free download



Co$$ and Numonics teamed up and released a free download mix tape, "Revelations" last week. Here is the info about Numonics;

Hailing from Ft Lauderdale, FL, Jonathan "Numonics" Rosenfeld is an up and coming producer who has worked with the likes of Reks, Donny Goines, Sene, Naledge and Freddie Gibbs. Utilizing a mixture of samples and original music, Numonics is known for his soul influenced approach to Hip Hop. The Florida-based producer was first spotted for his work with Monsters Ink on their Mick Boogie and Terry Urban assisted mixtape "Ink Made Me A Monster". To follow up this project, Numonics partnered with California based clothing brand IM KING and DJBOOTH.NET to release his first album "Being Cool Doesn't Pay The Bills". While working on this project, a new collaborative force was created. Los Angeles' Co$$ and Numonics created two tracks for said project and used that as the springboard to create "Revelations". This new project was done as a free download in partnership with 2dopeboyz.com, Crooks & Castles and PONY International. "Revelations" marked a transition for Numonics as his new focus will be creating collaborative projects with the most truly unique voices in hip hop.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Co$$ x Numonics FREE DOWNLOAD mix tape



Co$$ collaborated with a beat maker, Numonics and released a free download mix tape "Revelations".

It is posted on 2DopeBoyz.

Here is the link for free download.

Co$$'s debut album, "Before I Awoke" is scheduled to be released in February /March next year.

Chikara
LA

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tomorrow! 10/21!! Co$$ & Blu in Miami



On Thursday, October 21st, Co$$ and Blu will be performing at Transit Lounge in Miami to celebrate the release of Co$$ and Numonics’ collaborative free download album, Revelations. Sene and DJ Meka from 2 dope boyz are also on the bill.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Big Tone, "Flesh and Sole EP", coming soon!



We got this email from Big Tone.
Just want to share this with you guys.

Peace, Fam!!!

Hope this finds you well. Just wanna give you an update on the latest.
Nov 12th We'll be releasing a free download EP, entitled Flesh and
Sole...just a handful of songs for those of you who have been apart of
our support system for so long. To set it off the right way, we'll be
throwing a listening party at Oslo (peep the flyer). Come out and kick
it with us, as well start building some momentum towards 2011. The
support is not only APPRECIATED, it's NEEDED.

Shouts to the homies at Tres, Burn Rubber, Olso, and Mojoe.

Spread the word. Spread the Love.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Beat Swap Meet 10/10/10


TRES RECORDS will be at Beat Swap Meet on Sunday, October 10th. We will have a booth there and have our records for sale. Only for this day, we will have a special price ; 7" & 12" are $5 each. LP is $10 each. Chikaramanga will be spinning there around noon.

Sunday October 10, 2010
Grand Star Jazz Club in Historic Chinatown
12Noon-6PM
FREE WITH CANNED GOOD

Beat Swap Meet #10 (Official Video) from Ryan Spencer on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Late Bloomers FREE DOWNLOAD beat tape



As you may or may not know, we are getting ready to release the debut EP from the LA based hip hop trio, Late Bloomers. The 6 track EP, titled Three Shades Brown, will be out on vinyl/digital late November, but in the mean time, the trio has put together, "Songs For Suns", a 26 track instrumental project which is now available for FREE download.

(Songs.For.Suns download link)

"Songs For Suns", is the work of Late Bloomers producers Ahh:Zel, and ReallyNathan, which contains old and new material, plus a few vocal tracks mixed in (an appearance from the Detroit artist, Real Reid). With so many beats that go unused, it seems selfish to just keep them stored in a hardrive/zip disk, so the two decided to share their creations with the masses.

Below is the promotional video of some audio/video snippets from "Songs For Suns".

Songs For Suns A/V Snippets from tresrecords on Vimeo.



We hope you enjoy the music!

Chikara
LA

Monday, October 4, 2010

TRES NIGHT!!


TRES
(Hip Hop/Soul/Funk//Disco/Jazz)

Every 1st Tuesday
9:00pm – 2:00am
NO COVER
21+

@ Broadway Bar (Down Town LA)
830 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Resident DJ’s

- Chikaramanga (Giant Panda / TRES)
- Really Nathan (Late Bloomers/ TRES)
- Kiwamu Omae
- Yotah

$4 Stella Artois & Cocktails

www.tresrecords.com

Saturday, September 25, 2010

ESQ & CHIKARAMANGA "THE SUCCESSION" Album Release Party in Jacksonville, FL


On Friday, October 1st, ESQ & Chikaramanga will be performing in Jacksonville, FL. Our good friend and label mate, Paten Locke will be DJing. Willie Evance Jr. (High Water Records) and Chop will be performing as well. I hear a lot of great things about Willie Evance Jr. I am looking forward to checking out his show.




The link for ESQ & Chikaramanga "Recession Free" FREE DOWNLOAD mix was expired. Here is the new link.

Chikara
LA

Friday, September 17, 2010

Vittel x ESQ & Chikaramanga FREE DOWNLOAD mix



Vittel Water x TRES Free Download mix part 2 came out today!! I did the mix and ESQ hosted. All the tracks used in this mix are the tracks I produced. There are some unreleased stuff in this mix, exclusive freestyle, unreleased beats, etc. Here is the link where you can download it for FREE.

Track List

01. Giant Panda / Let It Go- Instrumental
02. ESQ & Chikaramanga / It IsWhat It Is!
03. Chikaramanga / A Life Like This feat. Droop-Capone
04. Giant Panda / Speakers Pop – Instrumental
05. Giant Panda / Laser Ray – Instrumental
06. Chikaramanga / Nachos
07. Chikaramanga / Trill feat. Co$$
08. ESQ & Chikaramanga / Coast To Coast feat. C Money Bags
09. Chikaramanga / Cool feat. Big Tone
10. ESQ / Freestyle
11. ESQ & Chikaramanga / Parasites
12. Giant Panda / TKO
13. ESQ & Chikaramanga / Rock On
14. Chikaramanga / Slow Down feat. Maaya
15. ESQ & Chikaramanga / T.R.E.S.Q. feat. ESQ

Chikara
LA

Monday, September 13, 2010

Chikaramanga Video Interview



Good people at More Thank Noise.com took their time to visit my place about a month ago to do a video interview of me. The footage is now up on their site.

ESQ & Chikaramanga "The Succession" is reviewed by URB.com!!

ESQ & CHIKARAMANGA (of Giant Panda) "THE SUCCESSION" Album Release Party


Soul Sessions Presents:
ESQ & Chikaramanga “The Succession” Album Release Party

Special performances by
ESQ & Chikaramanga (TRES)
Late Bloomers (TRES)

Special DJ set by
DJ Lowkey (TRES)

Friday, September 24th
9pm-2am / $5 B4 10:30 / $10 After / 21+
@Grand Star
943 N. Sun Mun Way Los Angeles

$3 Long Islands and Heinekens Before 11pm

www.soulsessionslive.com
www.tresrecords.com

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

TONIGHT!!! TRES Records new L.A. monthly event


TRES
(Hip Hop/Soul/Funk//Disco/Jazz)

Special Appearance by DJ House Shoes

Tuesday, September 7th
9:00pm – 2:00am
NO COVER
21+

@ Broadway Bar (Downtown LA)
830 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Resident DJ’s

- Chikaramanga (Giant Panda / TRES RECORDS)
- Really Nathan (Late Bloomers / TRES RECORDS)
- Kiwamu Omae
- Yotah

$4 Stella Artois & Cocktails

Thursday, September 2, 2010

ESQ & CHIKARAMANGA "THE SUCCESSION"


ESQ & CHIKARAMANGA "THE SUCCESSION"(CD/LP/Digital) will be out within two weeks. The official street date is Tuesday, 9/14.

You might have already seen these, but these are some promo materials for the album we made.

DJ Rhettmatic's Intellect from tresrecords on Vimeo.



ESQ & Chikaramanga "My Intellect" Behind The Scenes from tresrecords on Vimeo.



ESQ & Percee P Live at the Beat Swap Meet from tresrecords on Vimeo.



And this is a free download mixtape DJ Lowkey, ESQ, and I put together.



Here is the download link.

Chikara
LA

Thursday, August 26, 2010

DJ Rhettmatic's Intellect

DJ Rhettmatic's Intellect from tresrecords on Vimeo.


We filmed DJ Rhettmatic (of Beat Junkies) cutting up ESQ & Chikaramanga "My Intellect" at Fat Beats Los Angeles!!

Fat Beats announced they will close down their retail stores in NY and LA on 9/4. We would like to thank Fat Beats and their stuff for their support.

Chikara
LA

Monday, August 23, 2010

Deftune Podcast #5


One of the tracks off of ESQ & Chikaramanga "The Succession" (In Stores 9/14) is on Deftune Podcast #5. Check it out here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

TRES NIGHT!!


We have done our monthly event, "Shibuya" at Far Bar for two years. We decided to move the event to a different location. From next one, it will be at Broadway Bar in Downtown LA. We also changed the name of the event to "TRES", just to make it more simple. The first "TRES" night will be at Broadway Bar on Tuesday, September 7th. We are going to have DJ House Shoes as a guest!!
Here is the detail.

TRES
(Hip Hop/Soul/Funk//Disco/Jazz)

Special Appearance by DJ House Shoes

Tuesday, September 7th
9:00pm – 2:00am
NO COVER
21+

@ Broadway Bar (Downtown LA)
830 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Resident DJ’s

- Chikaramanga (Giant Panda / TRES RECORDS)
- Really Nathan (Late Bloomers / TRES RECORDS)
- Kiwamu Omae
- Yotah

$4 Stella Artois & Cocktails

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Paten Locke found this artist.



so this cat from the sudan hits me up saying hes feeling my music...im stunned and humbled to find that my music has reached places ive never been but would love to visit...shit, im humbled by every person who says they feelin my shit, but as if that aint enuff, he links me to a vid of him freestylin...and the kid is wild nice!...i think im sending a beat or two to the sudan tonight...ANALECT wadaap my g! - Paten Locke

Friday, August 13, 2010

ESQ & CHIKARAMANGA "THE SUCCESSION" snippets


UGHH.com put up the snippets of ESQ & Chikaramanga "The Succession". You can place pre-order there. The album will be out worldwide on 9/14.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

ESQ & Percee P Live at the Beat Swap Meet

The director for ESQ & Chikaramanga "My Intellect" video put together a live footage of ESQ & Percee P doing acappellas!! It was shot at LA Beat Swap Meet.

ESQ & Percee P Live at the Beat Swap Meet from tresrecords on Vimeo.

Friday, August 6, 2010

ESQ & Chikaramanga FREE DOWNLOAD Mix Tape



Download FREE Mix Tape:ESQ & CHIKARAMANGA "RECESSION FREE" mixed by DJ Lowkey.....here

This is Chikara from ESQ & Chikaramanga. We made a free download mixtape to promote the album. There are 19 tracks on this mixtape and two of them are unreleased tracks off of the album. Other tracks are ESQ rhyming over instrumentals of Tres releases produced by Big Tone, Johnson & Jonson, Paten Locke, Lightheaded, Fonetik Simbol, Ta'raach, and me. Also, he used a beat Really Nathan (of Late Bloomers) produced. Tres is releasing Late Bloomers' debut EP, "3 Shades Brown" in November.
This mix tape is mixed by DJ Lowkey with cuts, doubles, and blends. Enjoy!~Chikaramanga~

They said it was a RECESSION, well we disagree! For the frugal this is a true test of wit, skill, and relevance. We are all 1, there is no division in the MIND of ESQ & many others on todays underground railroad & street artist scene. Hip Hop started in AFRICA, the PARK & the STREETS & and this mixtape will take you from start 2 finish & beyond! We give this as our FREE OFFERING 2 The UNIVERSE & U ALL 2 SUCCEED, Thanks 2 LOW KEY & CHIKARA
Peace Love & Light~ESQ~

ESQ & CHIKARAMANGA "THE SUCCESSION" IN STORES SEPTEMBER 14, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Shawn Jackson "Brand New Old Me" In Stores Now!!


Shawn Jackson's 2nd album, "Brand New Old Me" came out today! It is now available on CD and digital download. Don't worry, we are releasing it on vinyl as well. It will be out in the second week of August.

Here is the info for the album.

Track List
1. (INTROLUDE) GOOD WRITTENS (prod. By K-Salaam & Beatnick)
2. BRAND NEW OLD ME ft. JimiJames (prod. By Astronote)
3. LIL BIG MAN ft. John West (prod. By Cook Classics)
4. LAH CITY ft. CO$$ & Young De (prod. By Cloud)
5. IZICHU ft. Thurzday of U-N-I (prod. By Beat-Maker-Beat)
6. T!LT (prod. By Ro Blvd)
7. POCKETFUL ft. CO$$ (prod. By Mr Brady)
8. CHANGE ft. ANGE BELLIS (prod. By Beat-Maker-Beat)
9. BAY BWOY (prod. By Cloud)
10. MAKE IT REIGN (prod. By Beat-Maker-Beat)
11. STARGET PRACTICE ft. FLY C (prod. By Astronote)
12. FRUIT SALAD (prod. By Beat-Maker-Beat)
13. LET IT GO! (prod. By Tony Ozier)
14. 2MAHRO (prod. By MNDSGN)
15. VICTORY LAP (prod. By Knxwledge)
16. GOOD RIDDANCE (prod. By Jordan Rockswell)


Tres Records presents the latest album, "Brand New Old Me," from artist, Shawn Jackson. His previous solo album "First Of All..." created quite a buzz, especially with strong tracks such as "Feelin’ Jack." It's been 2 years since that release, so the time has come for him to make more noise and show his brand new old self. Jackson, also known for his work with Alex Newman(Giant Panda) to form the group New Jack Hustle, has been constantly putting in work. The latest of his projects is the "Hollywood Shuffle Mixtape," which has been feeding the fans for the meantime, but the main course is finally ready to be served.

The reason for the title "Brand New Old Me" remains evident throughout the album. With the heavy influence of electronic sounds and instrumentation becoming incorporated in almost all forms of music these days, Shawn Jackson keeps up with times and picks a batch of beats that both elevates and stays true to the art form. The growth in his lyrics is evident as well, as he constantly keeps with the theme of re-inventing oneself, while still being you.

From the change he's gone through over time to the types of sticky green leaves he prefers, Shawn shares his thoughts in his smooth yet staccato like flow matched with his clever ad libs. He also shares the mic with a few guest appearances such as Thurzday of U-N-I, and Co$$. As mentioned before the album is a portrayal of the times, and with tracks like "Change", "Brand New Old Me" and "Fruit Salad," folks will definitely get a taste of the past and the present. The lyrical content, and beats (which by the way, contains a production credit list of names such as Astronote, Knxwledge, Ro Blvd, etc.) are a true sign of an individual who strives to push the culture and innovate. This is the brand new old Shawn Jackson.
(taken from one sheet)

Friday, July 23, 2010

ESQ & Chikaramanga "My Intellect" Behind The Scenes

This is a behind the scene footage of ESQ & Chikaramanga "My Intellect" video.
The official video will be done soon!!



Chikara
LA

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

ESQ & CHIKARAMANGA "THE SUCCESSION"

We are working towards the ESQ & CHIKARAMANGA's album release. The album title is "The Succession". It will be available on CD, Double Vinyl, and Digital Download. The release date is September 14th worldwide.
As I informed you before, we did a video shoot for the lead single, "My Intellect" about two weeks ago. The official video will be ready within two weeks. Really Nathan is working on behind the scene footage now. We can probably put it up on our vimeo and youtube page soon. We finally got the final master of the album and sent it to pressing plant a few days ago. After we made a few adjustments on the master we got first, the master sounds great. It took so long to finish it because the mastering engineer had to take care of mastering jobs for major labels first, which pay him really well. We are paying him the super indie rate / homie price, so we had to wait. We also got the artwork done! Here is the front cover!!


Big shout out to Noel, who did the drawing of us. He is a friend of ESQ and used to do the animation for The Simpsons.
DJ Lowkey is finishing up the mix for ESQ & CHIKARAMANGA's free download mix tape. It will be out probably in the first week of August.
We will keep you posted!

Chikara
LA

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Shawn Jackson "Lil Big Man" 12 inch (Limited Clear Vinyl)


The limited run of Shawn Jackson's "Lil Big Man" 12-inch is now available in stores. The clear vinyl contains the lead single "Lil Big Man" ft. John West (produced by Cook Classics), and the B-Side is "Fruit Salad," (produced by Beat Maker Beat) which is track 12 off of the album. It also contains the instrumentals for both songs. As I mentioned, supplies are very limited, so be sure to get your 2 copies!!!

iTunes

TRES eBay Store

Shawn Jackson's sophomore album, "Brand New Old Me" will be out next week on July 27!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Shawn Jackson "Lil Big Man" Video

Shawn Jackson "Lil Big Man" from tresrecords on Vimeo.


Shawn Jackson "Lil Big Man b/w Fruit Salad" (12" vinyl/Digital) will be out on July 20th.
Shawn Jackson's 2nd album, "Brand New Old Me" (CD/Digital) will be out on July 27th.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

ESQ & Chikaramanga Photo Shoot... Another one.

We did a photo shoot for ESQ & Chikaramanga with Super Producer / DJ / Photographer, Really Nathan.








Are you ready for the album???
ESQ & Chikaramanga "The Succession" will be out on September 14th.

Chikara
LA